8” shallow non-stick baking tray
Oven – 165 degrees celsius
Makes 8 large slices or 12 small slices, but once you buy all the dry store ingredients you can make 12 per week for 6 weeks or more! Much cheaper than buying ready made treats in coffee shops or health stores and so much better for you. These travel well so can take to work with you or school lunch boxes. The health benefits are great - you can even use these prior and post exercise as they contain healthy carbs and are high in protein and the antioxidants to protect tissues during exercise.
Three tablespoons of Rapa dura sugar (raw cane sugar)
1 cup Coconut oil (Alternative: Goat's butter, light olive oil)
2 cups of Casava flour (or other GF flour)
Half a cup of cocoa powder
Handful of Goji berries (or raisins)
Handful of Finely chopped dates
Handful of Finely chopped Dried mango (or grated orange zest)
2 desert spoons of Cocoa nibs (works without too)
Half a bar of melted or grated dark (healthier) or milk chocolate (sweeter)
3 pinches of Cardamom
Pumpkin seeds for garnish on top
Splash of Tarte cherry juice (or orange juice)
Level tsp of baking powder
Add soft or melted coconut oil to mixing bowl along with the Rapa dura sugar and the eggs use whisk to mix thoroughly. Add the cocoa powder, baking powder and casava flour gently mix in. Add the dates, cardamom, goji berries, chopped mango, coco nibs and cherry juice, mix thoroughly. Stir in the grated or melted dark chocolate. If the mixture is very thick add a little more cherry juice. Finely stir in half a bar of grated dark chocolate.
Grease the oven tray and spread the mixture evenly, place the pumpkin seeds.
Place in oven no higher than 165 degrees and cook for 20-25 minutes then check firmness. To keep moist be careful not to overcook.
Health benefits: Contain many antioxidants that supports your immune system. Fibre that supports microbiome, protein and healthy fats that provide sustained energy. Polyphenols from the chocolate supports immune function, brain health and cardiovascular health. They also have a 'feel good' factor. In fact if you had to skip breakfast, these make very good 'Breakfast Brownies'.